South African star Marizanne Kapp quits England tour for family reasons

Kapp has been a bright spark in an otherwise disappointing tour for the Proteas, who are yet to win a match and have been beaten in all three ODIs after drawing the test, in which she made a fine hundred

South African all-rounder Marizanne Kapp has returned home after the ongoing series against England for family reasons.

Kapp has been a bright spark in an otherwise disappointing tour for the Proteas, who are yet to win a match and have been beaten in all three ODIs after drawing the test, in which she made a fine hundred.

A statement from Cricket South Africa explained that Kapp had “asked to return home to Gqeberha to be close to her family during this difficult time”.

Kapp’s wife, Dane van Niekerk, captains South Africa but has been out of international action since suffering an ankle injury earlier this year. She was excluded from the World Cup, this series and the Commonwealth Games, which follow at the end of July.

Opening striker Tazmin Brits has been called up as a replacement for the three T20Is against England, although it has yet to be confirmed whether Kapp will return for the Commonwealth Games, which features women’s cricket for the first time, in Birmingham.

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Kapp has been past 50 in four of his six rounds in the series (Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Tumi Sekhukhune, who impressed in partnership with Kapp to help save a draw in the Test at Taunton, was also ruled out of the T20Is with a groin injury. She was ruled out of the ODI final at Leicester due to a recurring groin problem.

The loss of Kapp is a blow to the Sune Luus side, who already lack the experience of van Niekerk and Lizelle Lee, who retired from international cricket under mysterious circumstances after the test. After the ODI defeat at Bristol, Kapp admitted to being “heartbroken” by Lee’s retirement and struggling mentally with van Niekerk’s absence.


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